Lamia’s Fish Market – Modern Design Influenced By The Sea
This modern design restaurant by Lamia Funti takes the femininity and beauty of seafood and gives it that Manhattan edge.
According to Elle Décor, this modern restaurant will transport you to the Mediterranean. Lamia’s Fish Market, which opened the past month on a stretch of Avenue B between Third and Fourth Streets, is a fresh counterpoint to the downtown scene’s rampant hipness. The spot nods to Lamia’s Mediterranean background and style of eating, with a menu including whole fish baked in salt (served tableside with mallets for diners) and squid ink noodles with sea urchin.
The luxury restaurant’s name was inspired in part by a port city in Greece called Lamia and also by an ancient sea monster of the same name. The owner is achieving her longtime dream by creating this new contemporary restaurant in a sexy setting, designed with women in mind.
Forget the typical seagoing décor often found in fish restaurants: running lights, ropes and nets, and taxidermied sailfish. Lamia Funti has taken an over-the-top approach, in the style of Farallon in San Francisco, to her restaurant’s dining areas. There’s a glittering mermaid amid gilded fish in relief, mirrors that look like barnacles, octopus murals, glowing blue and gold accents.
This unique restaurant’s 175 seats are spread over several rooms on three levels, including a bar, the Octopus Room, a raw bar, the Grotto, the Boat Room and a private dining room. “It took us two years to build,” said Ms. Funti, who has worked at several New York restaurants, including Le Souk, the previous tenant in the space. She is married to Marcus Andrew, the owner of Le Souk and of the building. “I don’t have to worry about the landlord,” she said.
The executive chef, Alan Vargas, who was at Scarpetta, Hakkasan and Masa, offers an extensive raw bar menu; appetizers like garlic chile shrimp, langoustines and red snapper taquitos; a few kinds of pasta; butterflied black bass; and fish by the pound that can be grilled or salt-baked. The same menu is served throughout.
Funti worked with the interior designer Dara Young and the artists Will Kurtz, Brian Ferrell, and Michela Martello to bring the space’s six separate rooms to life, each with its own, singular environment.